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US Army finally gets ready to take Android phones into battle

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From October, US soldiers will take Motorola Atrix smartphones into battle as part of a secure military network

Army soldiers using cell phone
Army soldiers using cell phone

The US Army is finally getting ready to deploy hundreds of Motorola Atrix smartphones as part of a secure battlefield communication system, according to a report from Wired. Known as the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), the network is the culmination of 16 years of research and development, and is expected to begin operational deployment in October. Using standard-issue Rifleman Radios to transmit data, the Android devices provide a sort of military version of Google Maps, allowing soldiers to pin relevant pieces of information and intelligence to a live-updating map that is quickly fed back to "tactical operations centers" on the ground. Check out the full report for more details of the system, and more information on the trials and tribulations of its birth.